Biking and Skiing Across the Cascades
The Feat: This summer, Brody Leven, 26, and Abe Greenspan, 27, completed a 13-day journey to climb up and ski down three active volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest's Cascade Range: Mount Rainier (14,411 feet), Mount Adams (12,281 feet), and Mount St. Helen (8,365 feet). The kicker: instead of driving, they rode their bikes, towing 200 pounds of ski mountaineering gear and camping supplies behind them, for a total of 481.24 miles. By the time they rode into Seattle on June 23, Leven and Greenspan had climbed a total of 51,810 feet, spending 66 hours in the saddle, and 36 hours on skis.
Previous Record: While other ski mountaineers have completed multi-peak ski mountaineering expeditions in the Cascades, none have ever substituted a bike for a car.
The Near-Miss Moment: While on the bike, Leven and Greenspan were towing so much weight that they picked up too much speed on steep descents. Not even constant breaking could save them from out-of-control-crashes, which Leven reported as happening more frequently than not.
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